RUSH: There’s a lot of news out there today, ladies and gentlemen, about a study on religion and Christianity. Here it is right here. It’s from the Pew Center. It’s the Pew Center’s “US Religious Landscape Study.” Here’s the nuts and bolts of this. “In 2007, 78.4% of Americans were Christian. In 2014, only 70.6%.” So, essentially an 8% drop in people who identify as Christian since Obama became president.
The study on religion finds that under the Obama years, we have this dramatic drop. And even after this dramatic drop of 8%, Christians still comprise 70% of the population. Even after a drop of almost 10%. Let’s round it up to 10%, a 10% drop in people who identify as Christians. That’s key. They may still be. They’re just not admitting it. But even at that, 70% of the country identifies as Christian. Less than 1% of the country identifies as Muslim, in the Pew Research paper here at 0.9%.
Now, let me make an additional point about this, about the drop from 78.4% down to 70.6% in the last eight years. The last eight years have not been static. They have been dynamic. There have been a lot of things happening in various denominations around the country that might explain this drop. The Methodists, the Lutherans, the Presbyterians, the Episcopalians (the American version of the Church of England) have had dramatic changes in their structure and their organization.
Many of these churches within these denominations now perform homosexual marriages. They ordain gay pastors and ministers — and in some cases, female and lesbian pastors and ministers. Which you might think would cause some people to leave those churches, if they disagreed with the decisions made. Those denominations — the Methodists, the Lutherans, the Presbyterians — dropped a lot of members.
I don’t know whether they have picked another church, or they don’t go to church at all. But they have left their churches because of social issues, and the “evolution” of their churches to social areas they didn’t want to go and don’t feel of those being in. And I don’t think… I don’t even say that to be controversial. It’s just what it is. But again, those are probably words that the left doesn’t want to hear. They’re words like that the left would tag as “intolerant.”
I’m not tolerating or intolerating anything. I’m just telling you. I’m guessing why the numbers are what they are, because if you look at the evangelical churches, they haven’t lost anything. Their membership is holding pretty steady. Where the message has remained the same, where the mission has remained the same, where the members of the church don’t think any corruption is taking place, they are still hanging in there.
Some might say the churches that haven’t fallen prey to the dark side, all of this silly “social evolution.” But even with this drop, 70% of the country still identifies as Christians. Yet it gets back to question I raised the other day. How is it possible that less than one million gay activists are able to bully and steamroll an entire country on the subject of marriage?
By the same token, how is it that 70% of the population can be bullied and silenced and coerced into accepting societal evolution with which they disagree because of their religious beliefs? It’s not just the Republican Party caving, folks. It’s not just the Republican Party not engaging in push-back. There’s a whole lot of groups that make up the majority in this country one way or the other who are not pushing back.